The Collect Call: Things That Are Passing Away (Proper 20)

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Luci Hoad and Jordan Ware, co-hosts of Two Feminists Annotate the Bible (subscribe on iTunes), join us to talk about repelling barbarians and new collects for the modern inconvenience of ailing technology.

This week’s prayer: Proper 20 (BCP p. 234)

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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New Collects for Ailing Technology







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One of the things the authors and revisers of the 1979 Book of Common Prayer could never have anticipated was how, nearly 40 years on, the technology replacement cycle would become a pervasive, painful feature of the lives of the faithful. Two weeks ago, Holli Powell, co-host of The Collect Call podcast, faced an ailing laptop. Finding nothing in the Prayers and Thanksgivings or Burial of the Dead sections of the prayer book to ease her despair, she and co-host Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale appealed to their listeners for a new collect.

Listeners delivered! The submissions we received combined an ancient form of prayer with modern #firstworldproblems. We hope these prayers help you turn your mind to higher things next time your laptop crashes. To aid you, we’ve also combined selected words with images, in homage to the prayers The Episcopal Church posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram daily.

From Tyler Richards, a collect wrestling with the love-hate relationship we have with technology:

Grant peace, O merciful God, to your people, who are pressed on all sides by the onslaught of technology, that we, working through the power of your spirit, might strive to maintain and utilize the technology that is set before us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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The Collect Call: Judge Not the Pumpkin Spice Latte (Proper 19)

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This week we totally solve the mystery of why we need God’s help to love God, and then we fight about the merits of the Pumpkin Spice Latte.

This week’s prayer: Proper 18 (BCP p. 233)

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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The Collect Call: Never Say Never (Proper 18)

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Holli and Brendan reconcile after an internet poll confirms they’re both right, and we learn why we should be careful about saying always and never. Plus: announcing a contest for our listeners!

This week’s prayer: Proper 18 (BCP p. 233)

Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

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The Collect Call: Seven Jeans and True Religion (Proper 17)

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It was basically inevitable that this week’s prayer would lead Holli to imitate Fergie. You’re welcome.

This week’s prayer: Proper 17 (BCP p. 233)

Lord of all power and might, the author and giver of all good things: Graft in our hearts the love of your Name; increase in us true religion; nourish us with all goodness; and bring forth in us the fruit of good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

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The Collect Call: They Say It’s Your Birthday (Proper 16)

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The final episode of the show to be released while Brendan is in his 30s. We bewail the lack of Christian unity, again, and debate the merits of the BCP’s birthday prayers.

This week’s prayers:

Proper 16 (BCP page 232)

Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Birthday Prayer 50 (BCP page 830)

O God, our times are in your hand: Look with favor, we pray, on your servant N. as he begins another year. Grant that he may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen his trust in your goodness all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Birthday Prayer 51 (BCP page 830)

Watch over thy child, O Lord, as his days increase; bless and guide him wherever he may be. Strengthen him when he stands; comfort him when discouraged or sorrowful; raise him up if he fall; and in his heart may thy peace which passeth understanding abide all the days of his life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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The Collect Call: For Transfiguration (Encore Edition)

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One of our cohosts is under the weather this week, so we’re publishing an encore edition of our eighteenth episode, featuring special guest The Rev. Megan Castellan – the first clergy person to appear on The Collect Call. Megan, Holli, and Brendan grapple with the strange vision of a sparkly Jesus, Jacob’s Ladder, and what it could all mean.

This Week’s Prayer

(page 243 of the Book of Common Prayer, or bcponline.org):

O God, who on the holy mount revealed to chosen witnesses your well-beloved Son, wonderfully transfigured, in raiment white and glistening: Mercifully grant that we, being delivered from the disquietude of this world, may by faith behold the King in his beauty; who with you, O Father, and you, O Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Links of the Week:

The Rev. Whitney Rice, on Twitter and her blog

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The Collect Call: Angelic Custodians with Machine Guns

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Holli and Brendan discuss the proper 13 collect and what it means for the church to be cleansed and defended.

This week’s collect:

Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer, page 232)

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“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” performed by Aaron Devries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA license.

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The Collect Call: Jesus Said, “Love the Trolls”

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What Bible verse was it where Jesus said to “Love the trolls?” Plus, reflections on the collect for proper 12, allegedly one of the most frequently memorized prayers (call us skeptical). Also: buy a lying down desk for Holli!

This week’s collect:

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer, page 231)

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“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” performed by Aaron Devries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA license.

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The Collect Call: For Peace (with the DioWeMo Youth)

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As the youth of the Diocese of West Missouri made their way east for a pilgrimage, they stopped for the night at the Episcopal Church of All Saints, Indianapolis, and we recorded a show.

This week’s collect:

Eternal God, in whose perfect kingdom no sword is drawn but the sword of righteousness, no strength known but the strength of love: So mightily spread abroad your Spirit, that all peoples may be gathered under the banner of the Prince of Peace, as children of one Father; to whom be dominion and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer, page 815)

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“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence” performed by Aaron Devries, distributed under a CC BY-NC-SA license.

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